cortisol


cor·ti·sol

noun \ˈkr-tə-ˌsl, -ˌzl, -ˌsōl, -ˌzōl\

Definition of CORTISOL

:  a glucocorticoid C21H30O5 produced by the adrenal cortex upon stimulation by ACTH that mediates various metabolic processes (as gluconeogenesis), has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, and whose levels in the blood may become elevated in response to physical or psychological stress —called also hydrocortisone

Origin of CORTISOL

cortisone + 1-ol
First Known Use: 1951

cor·ti·sol

noun \ˈkrt-ə-ˌsl, -ˌzl, -ˌsōl, -ˌzōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CORTISOL

: a glucocorticoid C21H30O5 produced by the adrenal cortex upon stimulation by ACTH that mediates various metabolic processes (as gluconeogenesis), has anti-inflammatory and immunosupressive properties, and whose levels in the blood may become elevated in response to physical or psychological stress—called also hydrocortisone

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